May 21: In a Special Comment, Countdown’s Keith Olbermann marvels at former Vice President Dick Cheney's defense of the Bush administration torture practices while avoiding taking any responsibility for them.
Suspects In NY Synagogue Plot To Be Held In Jail Rueters WHITE PLAINS, New York (Reuters) - Four Muslim men suspected of a plot to blow up two New York synagogues and shoot down military planes were ordered to remain in jail on Thursday in what police called homegrown terrorism. U.S. Magistrate Judge Lisa Smith ordered James Cromitie, 55, to remain in jail along with David Williams, 28, Onta Williams, 32, and Haitian citizen Laguerre Payen, 27. Read more.
Obama And Cheney's Remarks On Terrorism Los Angles Times President Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney both addressed the war on terrorism in remarks delivered Thursday in Washington. Obama spoke at the National Archives, Cheney at the American Enterprise Institute. Some brief excerpts: On the Constitution: Obama: I took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution as commander in chief, and as a citizen, I know that we must never -- ever -- turn our back on its enduring principles for expedience sake. I make this claim not simply as a matter of idealism. We uphold our most cherished values not only because doing so is right, but because it strengthens our country and keeps us safe. Cheney: Torture was never permitted. And the methods were given careful legal review before they were approved. Interrogators had authoritative guidance on the line between toughness and torture, and they knew to stay on the right side of it. Read More.
Dems Block Bishop Move to Investigate Nancy Pelosi Salt Lake Tribune Washington » House Democrats batted down an attempt by Utah Rep. Rob Bishop on Thursday to create a committee to investigate Speaker Nancy Pelosi's claim that the CIA lied to her about waterboarding terror suspects in 2002. The move by the Utah Republican is the latest turn in a growing political spat over Pelosi's knowledge about what former President George W. Bush called "enhanced interrogation techniques" and what President Barack Obama considers "torture." Read more.
Steven Green Gets Life Without Parole CNN PADUCAH, Kentucky (CNN) -- Jurors on Thursday told a judge they could not reach a decision on whether a former U.S. soldier should be sentenced to death for war crimes -- including rape and murder -- he committed in Iraq. The lack of a unanimous decision means Steven Green will be sentenced to life in prison without parole, according to instructions given to jurors as they began deliberations on the sentence Wednesday. Read more.
Keith Olbermann MSNBC Mr. Obama deserves our praise and our thanks for that. And yet he has gone but half-way. And, in this case, in far too many respects, half the distance is worse than standing still. Today, Mr. President, in acknowledging these science-fiction-like documents, you said that:
"This is a time for reflection, not retribution. I respect the strong views and emotions that these issues evoke."
"We have been through a dark and painful chapter in our history.
"But at a time of great challenges and disturbing disunity, nothing will be gained by spending our time and energy laying blame for the past.
Senator Mitch McConnell it's time for you to speak up on this issue or approve of it with your silence!!!!!
Go to Original Torture and the Law
By Spencer Ackerman
The Washington Independent
With nine months remaining in President George W. Bush's term, virtually
no legal analyst expects that anyone in his administration will face indictment
and prosecution in connection with the torture of terrorism detainees. However,
a new admission from Bush last week has some legal analysts contending that the
case for such prosecution has gotten significantly stronger.
ABC News reported on Apr. 9 that then-National Security Adviser
Condoleezza Rice chaired an informal panel of top administration officials that
approved specific brutal interrogation tactics for use on three suspected Al
Qaeda detainees. The panel consisted of Vice President Dick Cheney, and former
administration officials - Donald H. Rumsfeld, then defense secretary, Colin L.
Powell, the former secretary of state, George Tenet, the former director of the
Central Intelligence Agency, and John Ashcroft, then attorney general. This
group debated for use on detainees - and eventually approved - methods of abuse
like being "slapped, pushed, deprived of sleep or subjected to simulated
drowning, called waterboarding," ABC reported.
On Apr. 11, Bush told ABC that he was personally aware of the panel's
discussions. "Well, we started to connect the dots in order to protect the
American people." Bush said. "And yes, I'm aware our national security team met
on this issue. And I approved." Read
Go to Original Top Bush Aides Pushed for Guantánamo Torture
By Richard Norton-Taylor
The Guardian UK Senior officials bypassed army chief to introduce
America's most senior general was "hoodwinked" by top Bush administration
officials determined to push through aggressive interrogation techniques of
terror suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, leading to the US military abandoning
its age-old ban on the cruel and inhumane treatment of prisoners, the Guardian
General Richard Myers, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff from 2001 to
2005, wrongly believed that inmates at Guantanamo and other prisons were
protected by the Geneva conventions and from abuse tantamount to torture.
The way he was duped by senior officials in Washington, who believed the Geneva
conventions and other traditional safeguards were out of date, is disclosed in a
devastating account of their role, extracts of which appear in today's Guardian.
In his new book, Torture Team, Philippe Sands QC, professor of law at University
College London, reveals that:
Senior Bush administration figures pushed through previously outlawed
measures with the aid of inexperienced military officials at Guantánamo.
Myers believes he was a victim of "intrigue" by top lawyers at the department
of justice, the office of vice-president Dick Cheney, and at Donald Rumsfeld's
The Guantánamo lawyers charged with devising interrogation techniques were
inspired by the exploits of Jack Bauer in the American TV series 24.
Myers wrongly believed interrogation techniques had been taken from the army's
field manual. Read
January 3, 2008 www.ditchmitchky.com
www.bluegrassroots.org I understand I'm just a DAH "Dumb Ass Hillbilly," but I know enough about
video to know the CIA didn't use
camcorders to shoot the torture tapes. I suggest they used digital camcorders to
shoot the video and then captured the video to a computer for editing. I further
suggest all of the video is or was on a computer hard drive or
iPod somewhere. It's difficult to believe we're talking about video tapes, in the age of
digital video, unless of course, the CIA, The Justice Department and Congress
are technically challenged institutions!!!!! Michael B.Mukasey's Statement Regarding the Opening of an Investigation Into the Destruction of Videotapes by CIA Personnel.
"Following a preliminary inquiry into the destruction by CIA personnel of
videotapes of detainee interrogations, the Department's National Security
Division has recommended, and I have concluded, that there is a basis for
initiating a criminal investigation of this matter." Read